Scouting Report-Asamoah is a tough guy to scout, because he plays at Illinois. They play a funky offense, and to be quite honest aren't very good at it sometimes. So a player like Asamoah gets sort of lost in the shuffle. But if you look close enough you can see that what you get with him is an athletic player for his size, quick and full of finesse, and does an excellent job not only in pass protection stepping outside picking up the edge but the underrated part of his game is his run blocking. No, he's not a powerhouse like Iupati, and he's not going to physically dominate players like he does, but in today's NFL when more teams run zone blocking schemes and need more athletic offensive linemen, a guy like Asamoah could be a great player. He is strong in his lower body and can get low and slow down the bull rush, but the one big shortcoming to his game is his lack of power. I'm not sure he can hold up against some of the big oversized tackles in the league and while I do think he could make the switch to center if he needs to, I am not sure if he has the power or leverage to battle some of the big nose tackles in the 3-4 defenses around the league.
Draft Status-I think Asamoah is a bit underrated right now, because it's tough to get a good look at him. He's not the player Mike Iupati is, but teams need great guards, and I think Asamoah has the chance to be a ten year starter in the NFL. As the 2nd best guard in the draft, I can see him coming off somewere toward the end of the 2nd, start of the third round. He'll be hurt by some of these hybrid type players who will probably end up pushing him down some.
Final Analysis-If Asamoah played for a team like USC or Oklahoma, he'd be all over the map in terms of hype, but being stuck in Illnois means no one has heard of you. This means he'll be a nice steal for some team. There are certainly some shortcomings to his game including short arms, and a lack of dominant power, but his quickness and athleticism, matched up with experience and intelligence is a winning combination for him. If you look through the league at the starting guards in the NFL you see a lot of guys who were overlooked in the draft, and just came in and worked hard and improved and Asamoah is definitely that kind of player. Great teammate, great player.
Reminds me of: Chris Kuper, Denver Broncos-Both guys are a little undersized and rely more on quicknes, athletic ability, and effort over brute force.
Scouting Report written by Curt Popejoy